Excellent people hauler. Minivans like the 2021 Kia Sedona offer unrivaled amounts of interior space to haul passengers. The Sedona offers spacious seating for up to eight people, or seven if you opt for the Slide-N-Stow second-row captain’s chairs. Thanks to the Sedona’s large stature, every seat is spacious and comfortable for adults. Even the third row offers passengers with 34.8 inches of leg room.
The Sedona also offers a good amount of cargo space. Behind the third row, the Sedona has 33.9 cubic feet of cargo capacity. Folding the third row down opens up 78.4 cubic feet. Behind the first row, the Sedona can hold a total of 142 cubic feet.
These figures are average for the class, but with things like available Slide-N-Stow second-row seats that fold vertically and slide forward, it’s easy to get the most out of the Sedona.
Major features are standard.Kia’s made a name for itself as being one of the more value-forward brands on the market. The Sedona follows that trend by coming with all of the major stuff you could ever want as standard.
If you’re looking for the best bang for your buck, that’s the middle EX trim. It comes with leather upholstery, tri-zone automatic climate control, a wireless charger, a 7-inch touchscreen, and smartphone compatibility.
Average performance and fuel economy. The Sedona comes with a 3.3-liter V6 engine. Power is rated at 276 horsepower, while the V6 is paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
While the V6 won’t blow you away with its performance, it allows the Sedona to get down the road without a hiccup. Furthermore, it can tow up to 3,500 pounds.
Fuel economy for the Sedona is average for the class. It's rated at 18 miles per gallon in the city, 24 mpg on the highway, and 21 combined, according to the EPA. The Sedona’s combined figure puts it slighty behind the Honda Odyssey and the Chrysler Pacifica, which are rated at 22 mpg combined.
Advanced safety features are optional. Safety plays a large role in the decision to purchase a minivan. Unfortunately, the Sedona doesn’t come with any standard active safety features.
The EX adds blind-spot monitoring, parking sensors, and rear cross-traffic alert, but that still doesn't match the list of standard features you'll find on rivals.
On the EX, you have to opt for the EX Premium Package that costs $4,800 to get things like forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control.
The only way to get Kia’s Drive Wise Driver Assist suite of features as standard is to go with the range-topping SX trim. With a starting price of $42,620 including destination, the SX isn’t exactly affordable compared to other minivans that have suites of safety features.
Final thoughts. Minivans like the 2021 Kia Sedona are still the ultimate family vehicle. With generous seating for up to eight people, an expansive cargo area, and offering good value, the Sedona is still a great option in a shrinking segment.
While we’re happy with all of the standard convenience features the Sedona comes with, we’d be happy to trade some to get a few advanced safety features as standard equipment. Other minivans have more high-end, striking designs, too, so it' be nice to see Kia update the Sedona's design to something that stands out more on the road.
When it comes to competitors, the Pacifica is available with all-wheel drive, an optional plug-in hybrid powertrain, and handy Stow ‘n Go seats that fold directly into the floor.
The Odyssey is the benchmark of the class. It’s available with Honda Sensing low down in the lineup, offers a total of 158 cubic feet of cargo space, and has a more upscale design.
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